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Steven Opp | Sat, 06/02/2012 - 21:53 | Permalink

Hey Andrew,

Nice summary of Romans, very helpful.  One thing you mentioned was that Paul’s hope of Israel repenting never was fulfilled.  It seems odd that with such a strong hope that it would happen, it doesn’t, that just doesn’t sit well with me, seems like bad narrative.  It’s like a foreshadowing in a movie which never comes to pass.

James Jordan suggests it did happen.  He lays Romans 9-11 on Revelation to try to make sense of the story and says the “Fullness” in Rev. 14 is the Israel Paul speaks of in Romans.  So, in that way, Israel does in fact repent.  You can see the article here.

I’m curious on your thoughts on this approach.  It seems like a little stretch to me, but the idea that all of Paul’s hopes for Israel being brought back never coming to pass doesn’t make sense to me either.

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